Abrams: Celebrating Law Day

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jeff abrams ibaMay 1 is officially recognized as Law Day. The day is spent reflecting on the role of law in the pursuit of happiness in our everyday lives and recognizing the importance of law for our community.

The first president to declare May 1 to be Law Day was President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The same day was recognized around the world as a day to remember the laborers fighting for better wages and working conditions. Law Day has not risen to a government holiday, but it is routinely recognized around the United States. The Indianapolis Bar Association Paralegal Committee typically will conduct a career fair enlightening students on the services rendered by lawyers and paralegals and the benefits of having a career in our world.

Another event recently held on Law Day was a Naturalization Ceremony at Shortridge High School for Law and Public Policy where individuals were welcomed as new citizens of the United States and the State of Indiana. I have attended this ceremony, and it is an extremely moving event. There are very few people in attendance who do not shed a tear of happiness as a new citizen, as the proud parent of a new citizen, as the close friend of a new citizen or just as a bystander who is touched by the emotional impact for these people who have taken the time to study and learn about the history of the United States and the State of Indiana. The Indianapolis Bar Association is privileged to be able to say a few words to the new citizens. Our thanks to Kelly Scanlan who recently presented the remarks below to our new citizens on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association:

“As a representative of the Indianapolis Bar Association, it is my pleasure to extend my Association’s sincere best wishes and congratulations on this joyous occasion, and to welcome you as new citizens of the United States and the State of Indiana. The Indianapolis Bar Association is an organization of local attorneys that was formed over 100 years ago for several important reasons. The most significant reasons included to advance the profession of law, to uphold and defend the Constitution, to develop and maintain both integrity and impartiality in the administration of justice, and to apply the knowledge and experience of its members to the promotion of the public good. The members of the IndyBar have sworn to defend our Constitution, just as you have here this morning. This is a common thread and duty we all share.

To honor this occasion, the IndyBar is providing each of you with a book containing the constitutions of the United States and the State of Indiana. The rights and freedoms that we enjoy as United States citizens are precious and unparalleled. Our hope is that this gift will remind you of the blessings of liberty and justice that we enjoy every day in our lives as Americans. The first page of this book describes some of the legal services we may be able to assist you with in the future, should the need arise.

Congratulations, and on behalf of the Indianapolis Bar Association, I welcome you as citizens of this wonderful country.”

So remember Law Day as a day with significant meaning in our lives. It is also a day where non-lawyers have an incredible reason to remember the day at their naturalization ceremony. If you should ever have an hour to spare, I strongly encourage you to attend one of these ceremonies and if you do not shed a tear with these people, I will buy you lunch, but be careful, as I may cry in it.•

Law Day – May 1 of every year.

Includes a naturalization ceremony where everyone sheds a tear.

A day for all lawyers to be proud of what we do.

Promoting justice and helping people without needing a thank you.


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.